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S.J.R. 15






Chief Sponsor: Karen Mayne

House Sponsor: Michael E. Noel

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature expresses support for women who seek
             11      employment in nontraditional occupations.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution:
             14          .    expresses support for women who choose nontraditional occupations as a way to
             15      address the challenge of supporting themselves and their families; and
             16          .    encourages women to improve their education and sharpen their skills so that they
             17      can be prepared to provide financial stability for themselves and their families.
             18      Special Clauses:
             19          None
             21      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             22          WHEREAS, in the darkest hours of World War II, when the men left to defend liberty
             23      overseas, it was the skill and perseverance of women willing to take their places in the factories
             24      that fueled the successful war effort;
             25          WHEREAS, Eleanor Roosevelt once stated, "my message to women is to get in the
             26      game and stay in the game";
             27          WHEREAS, currently, the number of women working in nontraditional occupations is

             28      relatively small, and the need for trained, skilled workers is becoming nearly epidemic;
             29          WHEREAS, there is much to be done to help women attain and retain high wage, high
             30      skilled careers;
             31          WHEREAS, women should be given educational opportunities to enable them to
             32      exercise the option of choosing nontraditional occupations to provide for themselves and their
             33      families;
             34          WHEREAS, nontraditional occupations provide women greater latitude in career
             35      choices, which increases the likelihood that they will find a career that best suits their needs;
             36          WHEREAS, opening up nontraditional occupations to more women levels the playing
             37      field to well-paying, in-demand jobs;
             38          WHEREAS, well-trained people achieve respect for their work and increased
             39      opportunities for financial independence, security, and success;
             40          WHEREAS, confidence and productivity, combined with smart life choices, greatly
             41      improves a woman's chances for a solid financial foundation;
             42          WHEREAS, founded in 2010, Utah Women In Trades (UWIT) is an all-volunteer
             43      organization that has established itself as a group of industry experts who facilitate connections
             44      between the working woman, the "wanting-to-be-working" woman, prospective employers, and
             45      government agencies;
             46          WHEREAS, UWIT's mission is to retain and increase the number of women seeking
             47      and obtaining opportunities in nontraditional building and construction trades;
             48          WHEREAS, UWIT mentors women who are new to nontraditional occupations,
             49      celebrating successes and providing encouragement and hope for future generations; and
             50          WHEREAS, through the efforts of UWIT and women who persist in pursuing
             51      nontraditional occupations, more and more women will find the financial security and success
             52      they seek for themselves and their families:
             53          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             54      expresses its support for women who choose nontraditional occupations as a way to meet the
             55      challenge of supporting themselves and their families.
             56          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature encourages women to improve their
             57      education and sharpen their skills so that they can be prepared to provide needed financial
             58      stability for themselves and their families.

             59          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah
             60      Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing and to Utah Women In Trades.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-2-11 4:46 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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